Arezki Daoud

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Spain Paid Ransom to Free Hostages Held by Al Qaeda North Africa

Spain has paid Al Qaeda North Africa (Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb or AQIM) some 7 million Euros to release two Spanish men abducted by the organization active in the Sahel region. Officially working for a Barcelona-based “humanitarian” agency, the two Spanish men, Roque Pascual and Albert Vilalta have been detained since November 2009.
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Setback for a Pan-Maghreb TV Channel: Nessma TV Likely to Fold

The owners of Nessma TV are facing the nightmare scenario, challenging their belief that North Africa’s Maghreb region needed a common broadcast platform. Largely owned by Tunisian businessman Tarek Ben Ammar, Nessma TV is finding hard to operate in the region. ...
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Al-Qaeda’s Execution of a French Hostage to Escalate Crisis in the Sahel

The recent killing, execution style, of a French hostage by Al Qaeda’s North Africa unit in Mali is expected to worsen the security situation in the Sahel and by extension North Africa and beyond. France is likely to expand its efforts to seek revenge, or bring to justice the killers of the 78 year old Michel Germaneau, in particular targeting Al Qaeda’s regional leader Abdelhamid Abuzeid....
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image Arezki Daoud Arezki Daoud is a leading analyst on North African affairs. He has been editor of The North Africa Journal since 1996. The publication reaches over 50,000 decision makers worldwide. Having lived and worked in North Africa, Mr. Daoud's analytical expertise on the region spans from the energy and industrial sectors to security and political affairs. Arezki is familiar with the speech circuit and briefing the business and government communities on the countries of the Maghreb region and is widely quoted in the press.
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